Tuesday, 17 September 2019

CARL WRITES: 28/8/19 - Powick, Worcestershire

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The cat recorded skulking around St. Peter’s Church in Powick, Worcestershire, and reported in The Mirror, is also most likely a domestic cat going by its gracile anatomy and gait. It likewise appears to have the tell tail sharp pointed ears of a domestic cat, and might be also be wearing a collar. However, these latter features are admittedly not particularly clear in the video. If we presume that the headstones on the graves which the cat passes closely behind are standard sized headstones, then the cat does indeed seem fairly large. Powick is not particularly far from where I live in Warwickshire, therefore I intend to visit this location within the month and measure definitively the height and width of the headstones, which I expect are nonstandard (maybe the graves of children). There is of course every possibility that the cat in this video has no relevance to the previous reports of the so-called ‘Powick Puma’ and does not in any way discredit them. The colour of the cat in the video is not easily discernible but it appears to be dark, possibly dark brown, and seems to have a banded patterning on its tail. This cat looks much more like a wildcat than a puma and is thus probably a domestic cat of reasonably large dimensions. I will provide an update once I have had chance to visit the churchyard and located and measured the headstones. Watch this space!

CARL WRITES: 27/08/19 - Near Leeds, Yorkshire

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The Daily Mail report provided by Mr. John Pearson appears to show a large domestic cat. This is evidenced by the cat’s large pointed ears and general body shape. The animal looks to be rather robust; likely a large male. In my opinion it seems probable that Mr. Pearson has unintentionally overestimated the distance of his observation (650 ft) and thus probably also overestimated the dimensions of the animal he observed. There are no species of true big cats with sharp pointed ears like we can clearly see in Mr. Pearson’s photograph; therefore I think we can be fairly confidant he has captured a reasonably large domestic breed.

CARL WRITES: Formosan Clouded Leopard Survival

A stunning clouded leopard subspecies thought to have been extinct for the last 30 years has been spotted in Southeast Taiwan. Officially declared extinct by zoologists in 2013 after not being seen alive since 1983, the Formosan clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa brachyura) attained cryptozoological status in 2018 after locals in the Southeast Taiwan town of DarenTaitung, reported seeing the ‘extinct’ cat in the forests.

In February 2019, Taiwan News reported two sightings by two different groups of rangers in Taitung County, both made in the summer of 2018. One report was of an individual climbing a tree and climbing a cliff in order to hunt mountain goats, while another was of an individual darting past a motorist on a road before retreating into a tree. According to the village chief Kao Cheng-chi, researchers are now working with the villagers to keep hunters away in an attempt to protect the animals and also to limit the destruction of their habitat.

A previous 13 year camera trapping study by zoologists failed to find even a single clouded leopard, which following excessive logging, forced the cats into the more mountainous regions.

In 1989, the skin of a young individual was found in the Taroko National Park area, which was the last confirmed report. Pugmarks reported in the 1990’s near Yushan National Park were suspected, but were not confirmed to be of a clouded leopard.
The Tawa Mountain Nature Reserve is a protected area encompassing approximately 190 square miles. It harbours the largest remaining primary forest in Southern Taiwan and comprises tropical and subtropical rainforest as well as temperate broadleaf and mixed forest and temperate coniferous forest – there is hope that this illusive big cat might have also migrated into this reserve.
Ironically, owing to the relative rarity of reports of live Formosan clouded leopards even before it’s alleged extinction, there was a hypothesis among a few researchers that the Formosan clouded leopard never existed, and that the pelts frequently worn by indigenous communities were Sunda clouded leopard pelts that were being traded between the Sunda Islands, China, and Japan.

The lesson - Never say never!

MYSTERY DOGS...? : Black Shuck appeared to a woman in Buxton at the precise moment her brother dropped dead

Many researchers have drawn parallels between the black dog legends of northern Europe and the modern folklore surrounding mystery cat sightings. It seemed appropriate, therefore, to post this article sent in by Anouska Anderson-Jakes here on the CFZ Mystery Cat blog:

Scholars of the Weird in Norfolk know that big black dogs spotted wandering close to churchyards at night are rarely good news. Black Shuck is the ghostly black dog said to roam in East Anglia inland and at the coast, often believed to be an omen of death, his name from the Old English word "scucca", meaning devil or fiend.

Reverend ES Taylor wrote about Black Shuck in 1850: "This phantom I have heard many persons in East Norfolk and even Cambridgeshire, describe as having seen as a black shaggy dog, with fiery eyes and of immense size, and who visits churchyards at midnight. And of course, across the border in Bungay, Abraham Fleming's famous account of "a strange and terrible wunder" in 1577 recounted the terrible tale of a beast that killed people at worship, leaving tragedy in its wake.


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SIGHTING, UK: The Fen Tiger has finally been caught on camera

The elusive Fen Tiger is a local legend, having been spotted across Cambridgeshire for more than 30 years.

The giant cat has bewildered those who have sighted it for decades.

However few people have ever actually been able to snap a pic of the mysterious creature.

But that's all changed now, one man has captured a video of the beast, seriously he has.

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NEWSLINK: ‘Extinct’ Leopard Spotted Alive For the First Time in Over 30 Years

A leopard species, believed to have been completely extinct, has been spotted in southeast Taiwan for the first time in over 30 years, prompting a push to protect the big cat from hunters and habitat damage. The Formosan clouded leopard was officially declared extinct in 2013, after it had not been spotted since 1983 and a 13-year-long study by zoologists failed to find even one leopard.

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NEWSLINK, courtesy of Mark Raines: Are there Big Cats loose in Dorset?

A wealthy Bournemouth business owner who claims he and his daughter saw a Big Cat walk through their garden in 'broad daylight' and a man who witnessed a 'panther with a deer in its mouth' in the New Forest are just two of the people who have told their story to a Verwood film-maker.

Now Mike Coggan, whose initial film about the south west's Big Cat phenomenon scored more than 11,000 YouTube hits in two days, wants funding so he can investigate the long-running mystery properly.

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NEWSLINK: Bolivia fires ravaged big cat habitat

A conservation group says one of Latin America’s key habitats for jaguars suffered extensive devastation during fires in Bolivia.

The South America director for the New York-based Panthera group said Wednesday that a “focal point” of burning has been around San Ignacio de Velasco, where a number of wild cat species live.

Esteban Payán says any jaguars, pumas and other wild cats that survived would be struggling because deer and other prey died in the fires. He spoke by telephone from Bolivia after traveling there to assess the situation.

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

NEWSLINK: Young film-makers set out to solve the mystery of Big Cats roaming Southern England

A Dorset film-maker is seeking funds to launch 'a full investigation' on reports that Big Cats are loose in the English countryside.

Rumour has it that Big Cats are stalking the English countryside and a film-maker from Verwood, in Dorset, intends to discover the truth.

The past few years have seen repeated reports of panther sightings across Southern England—including this 2016 letter to the Editor of the Bournemouth Echo, in which Martin Hill, from Fordingbridge, in Hampshire, says he spotted ‘a big black cat at the edge of the wood’ while out walking on a footpath near Sturton Hatch.

The police was also called in Westbourne last year, after residents thought they had seen a huge creature roaming down a local road.

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SIGHTING, UK: Big black cat 'the size of a large dog' spotted roaming Yorkshire countryside

A big black cat claimed to be the 'size of a large dog' was spotted roaming the East Yorkshire countryside.

Footage taken in fields near Skidby shows what appears to be a large black cat, described by the man who filmed it as "much bigger than a domestic animal".

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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

NEWSLINK: A glimpse of Ice Age parasites in 17,000-year-old puma poop

Even after thousands of years of lying around, crap can tell quite the tale. Reporting this week in the journal Parasitology, a team of archaeologists sifting through a knob of puma poo has extracted a 17,000-year-old sample of DNA from Toxascaris leonina, a roundworm that still plagues felines today.

In addition to providing humankind with its oldest example of parasite DNA to date, the dessicated dookie raises some questions about the disease ecology of these big-bodied cats.

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NEWSLINK: Southeast Asia Must Confront its Illegal Tiger Problem

There are more tigers living behind bars than in the wild. The figures are staggering: Fewer than 4,000 tigers roam free worldwide while double that number are estimated to be held in breeding facilities across Asia. The vast majority of these captive tigers are in Chinese farms, but the big cat is also being bred in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam — for profit not conservation.

A new report from TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, has found that over the past two decades more than half of the tigers seized in Thailand and a third of those in Vietnam came from captive breeding facilities. The analysis has renewed longstanding worries that “farming tigers leads to illegal trade in tiger parts and stimulates demand,” Dr. Richard Thomas, TRAFFIC’s global communications coordinator, told The Diplomat by email.

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NEWSLINK: 'Cougar' Reported To Surrey RCMP Was Actually Just A Chunky Housecat

Police responding to a cougar sighting near a Metro Vancouver elementary school were in for a surprise when they found the big cat was smaller than expected — much smaller.

In fact, the supposed 150-pound cougar turned out to be a “large domestic cat.”
A woman who lived in the South Surrey neighbourhood emailed Peace Arch News early Tuesday to report that a cat “maybe 150lbs” had walked down the road in front of her neighbours’ house Monday. The sighting was near Semiahmoo Trail Elementary School.

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NEWSLINK: Woman spots big cat on morning walk in Walnut Creek

Roaming the grass along Rudgear Road in Walnut Creek near Cardigan Court Wednesday was a big cat, shocking a woman on her morning walk.

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NEWSLINK: Neighbors Report Cougar Sighting In South Sacramento Neighborhood

Multiple people called 911 Wednesday night, reporting a mountain lion sighting.

Animal Control officers and a Fish and Wildlife warden went on the prowl, looking for something not normally seen in the south Sacramento neighborhood.

Tammy says she called police after seeing what looked like a mountain lion up on the fence.

“I wasn’t about to get out, so I just dialed 911 and told them I saw a big cat, mountain lion or cougar or something,” Tammy said.

She said she’s certain this was not a pet house cat.

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NEWSLINK: Leopard attacks another woman, four camera traps set up at village

Hours after a 65-year-old woman was mauled by a leopard at Marauri village under Neuria police station, 2 km from Mala forest range of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) on Saturday evening, another woman of the same village was attacked by a big cat in the early hours of Sunday when she went outside her house.

However, divisional forest officer, forest and wildlife division, Sanjeev Kumar, however, claimed that he could not find any pugmarks of a leopard during spot inspection. It has not rained in the area for the past three or four days.
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SIGHTING, UK: 'Big cat' spotted prowling around gravestones in village churchyard in Worcester

A 'big cat' has been filmed prowling around gravestones of a rural village churchyard in Worcester.

A mum and son were out enjoying an evening stroll at the ancient church when they saw the large beast skulking around St Peter's Church, in Powick.
Locals have now branded the beast the 'Powick Puma' and follows a spate of similar sightings in recent months.

Footage shows the animal, which resembles a puma or large wildcat, walking through the grounds and sloping behind head stones.

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SIGHTING, UK: 'Big cat' the size of a dog is spotted prowling Yorkshire countryside

A photographer who spotted a 'big cat' prowling through the Yorkshire countryside has said he's 'never seen anything like it' - claiming it was the size of a dog.

John Pearson, 46, was taking pictures at St Aidan's Nature Reserve near Leeds when the mysterious creature caught his eye at around 5am on August 17.

He claims it was so large he was able to spot it at a distance of around 650 feet, and immediately rejected suggestions it was a household cat.

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019

NEWSLINK: $87M wildlife bridge in California will be a haven for mountain lions

Mountain lions in Southern California will have a safer place to roam by 2023 thanks to an $87 million bridge being designed northwest of Los Angeles and spread out above the busy 101 Highway.

California is the only state in the country where shooting the creatures for sport is banned. But a March study published in the journal Ecological Applications suggested mountain lions could be extinct within 50 years if changes to their environment don’t happen.

"Animals were able to move around through different parts of the mountains until humans cut them off with giant roads,” said Beth Pratt of the National Wildlife Federation. “GPS tracking shows that the animals are largely isolated in their own small areas, unable to mingle. Segmentation impacts animals both large and small: lizards and birds up to mountain lions.”

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Monday, 26 August 2019

SIGHTING, UK: Mystery beast photographed prowling beauty spot near Castleford

An amateur photographer captured more than he bargained for - when he snapped what could be a large wild cat at a nature reserve.

John Pearson had been taking sunrise snaps at St Aidan's Nature Reserve at Allerton Bywater on Saturday when a strange movement caught his eye in the distance.
So the 46-year-old quickly tried to focus in on the mystery creature and was shocked by what he saw.

The fibre optic engineer, who lives at Rothwell, said: "It was about 5.30am, I like getting there early doors, I do it regularly getting pictures of the sunrise.

"I was roughly about 200 metres away and I never thought it was a cat, I looked through my lens and thought it was a dog at first because it was about that size.

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NEWSLINK: Estero man believes a panther is to blame for his cat's disappearance

An Estero man thinks a panther snatched his missing cat straight from his back lanai.

A trail of blood and fur led to his ripped lanai screen in the back of his house. He told his neighbors he thinks it happened Wednesday morning and hasn't seen his cat since.

His Bella Terra neighbors say they have seen an uptick in panther sightings in the past few months.

Now, his neighbors are worried this is only the beginning.

"What happened to these people is awful, and I just think that it's a big tragedy waiting to happen in a community filled with animals and children," said his next door neighbor Tamara Trovato.
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PHOTOS: Rare strawberry leopard spotted in South Africa

A couple have made the ultimate spot after they caught the world's rarest leopard on camera - in astonishing never before seen photos.

The rare strawberry leopard - or erythristic species - was snapped by a motion triggered camera pinned to a tree in Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve in South Africa.

Reserve owner Alan Watson, 45, and his Irish wife Lynsey, 41, had seen the elusive pink hued species skulking around the reserve but had never been able to catch it on film.

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NEWSLINK: Big cat trade driven by demand for traditional Asian medicine, according to report

Traditional Asian medicine is driving the growing international trade in big cat products and leading to the mistreatment of thousands of animals, according to a recent report.

Bones, blood, and other body parts of big cats are made into products such as balms, capsules, gels, and wines that practitioners of traditional Asian medicine believe to be able to cure ailments ranging from arthritis to meningitis, though in fact they’ve been found to have no provable health benefits. Even before the cats are killed, however, they’re treated more like products than living, breathing creatures, according to the report, released last month by the London-based NGO World Animal Protection.

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NEWSLINK: Mystery illness makes Florida panthers stagger and fall

The Florida panther is an endangered species with only between 120 to 230 adults in existence

Two panthers pace a sandy path, looking lithe and light on their feet. A younger cat staggers after them like a drunkard, lurching in and out of the undergrowth and falling several times.

Wildlife officials fear that the stumbling cat, caught on camera, may have a mysterious neurological disorder that appears to have affected panthers in several counties of Florida, where the big cats are a state symbol.

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SIGHTING, UK: Big cat sighting on Devon coast path 'was a puma'

A man who didn't believe Devon big cat sightings is now convinced they are true after watching and photographing what he says was a puma on an isolated clifftop location.

Holidaymaker Max Tennant was shocked when he spotted the 'massive' reddish brown creature 100 metres ahead of him strolling up and down. He watched it for 30 seconds on the cliffs above Lee Bay, near Woolacombe in North Devon on Tuesday afternoon, August 20 and took a series of blurry pictures on his mobile phone before his dogs disturbed the creature.

It is the latest in a spate of big cat sightings across Devon. Earlier this month, a man was left shocked after seeing what he described as a 'Cranbrook Panther' wandering through a field.

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NEWSLINK: Decomposed big cat carcass recovered near Deuni dam

A decomposed carcass of a big cat was found floating in Devha river near Deuni dam under Amaria block on Wednesday. The carcass was recovered by the forest staff after receiving information from locals.

Owing to extreme decay, it could not be immediately ascertained though whether the dead big cat was a leopard or a tiger. The wildlife veterinarians feel that the big cat was hunted for its hide. This is the first instance of a big cat carcass being recovered in Amaria area. The region is reportedly home to at least 10 stray tigers.

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

NEWSLINK: Tigress Priyanka dies at Nandankanan Zoological Park

Tigress Priyanka died due to old age complications at Nandankanan Zoological Park on Monday. Now, the zoo has 26 tigers and tigresses.

Zoo authorities said Priyanka was 19.5 years old. “Priyanka was born to Tiger Ashok and Tigress Tanuja on March 25, 2000,” Zoo Deputy Director Jayant Kumar Das said. “Priyanka was under old age care and treatment for the two years. She was not suffering from any disease.

The average lifespan of a tiger or tigress is 16-18 years,” said zoo authorities. The zoo now has five normal coloured tigers and eight tigresses, four white tigers and five tigresses and four melanistic tigers.

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VIDEO: Another Big Cat Spotted in Britain

For the fifth time in the last two weeks, another big cat sighting has occurred in Britain. This particular encounter reportedly took place as Anthony Dickinson and his family were en route to a holiday cottage in North Devon. As they drove up a hill, the group were stunned to suddenly see a sizeable-looking black cat appear at the crest of the road.

In a video of the puzzling run-in with the creature, a number of passengers in the car can be heard wondering what they were seeing in the road ahead of them. One of the witnesses jokingly declares that it is the 'Beast of Bodmin,' one of the more notorious big cats said to lurk in England. This seems to have set off something of a debate in the car as Anthony marvels that "it's massive," while a more skeptical member of the family dismisses the animal as merely a cat and another concedes that she thought that it was a dog due to its size.

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PHOTO: 'Rare’ cougar photographed by Upper Peninsula trail camera

A cougar captured by a trail camera in the Upper Peninsula is the 39th confirmed report since 2008.

The cat was photographed July 7 in daylight hours northwest of Ironwood, in the far western portion of the Upper Peninsula.

“This is very close to where a cougar was documented on a Deer Movement Study trail camera last year,” said Cody Norton, a large carnivore specialist with the Bear and Wolf Program of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

NEWSLINK: Bobcat spotted in Glenville section of Greenwich

A Glenville resident got a surprise visit from a bobcat late last week.

The photo he took depicts what appears to be a bobcat streaking across his backyard.

The bobcat population has been growing for the past several decades, and the sighting of a big cat in Greenwich should not come as a surprise, said Pat Sesto, the town’s director of environmental affairs.

She said there was no immediate concern for public safety.

“Bobcats and people rarely, if ever, have contact. They stay clear of us,” she said. Small pets, especially domestic cats, can be viewed as prey, so it was advisable to keep them indoors at night.

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SIGHTING, UK: Big cat 'size of Alsatian' caught on camera in Cornwall days after 'panther' sighting

A woman in Cornwall has captured video footage of what she believed to be a big cat.
The unknown animal - described as being the size of an Alsatian dog - was spotted by Becky Abrey in a field near Praa Sands, Cornwall, at the weekend.
The sighting comes just days after a dog was reportedly attacked by a big cat in Callington.

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ARTICLE: A map of where big cats have been spotted in Devon and Cornwall

We have put together a map of reported sightings from data released as part of a freedom of information request made to Devon and Cornwall Police, revealing all the force's logs for big cat sightings in the last few years.

In 2016 the Herald also reported on a big cat that was spotted near Ottery, prompting a slew of residents to share their sightings on social media - which we have also added to our interactive map.

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Friday, 9 August 2019

ARTICLE: Reports of mountain lions and pumas stalking Irish countryside

Today is International Cat Day, a day dedicated to showering even more love and affection on our (usually uninterested) pet felines.

Irish people are cat lovers through and through—an example of which can be seen in this Irish woman’s adoption of a sick street kitten in Athens—but the only cats found in Ireland are the domesticated pets.

Or at least that’s what we’ve been told…

For years Ireland has been plagued with the odd unexplained sighting of big cats.
And when we say Big we don’t mean the neighbour’s cat Snowy is looking a bit overweight— some people are convinced they have seen panthers, leopards and pumas roaming around the Irish countryside.

Most recently, in 2018 there were several sightings of a mountain lion in areas around Cork—these sightings were coupled with increased livestock killings and less foxes around the area, and led to the Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals putting down traps and cameras near the places the big cat was spotted.

They didn’t catch anything.

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NEWSLINK: Deformed Mountain Lion Found in Idaho, Remains a Mystery

After an Idaho hunter killed a mountain lion, he was in for a strange surprise.
First, the Idaho Fish and Game confirmed that the rare, deformed mountain lion photo wasn’t a fake, according to the East Idaho News.

The Idaho State Journal reported that the hunter, Tyler Olson, said the mountain lion was attacking his dog near his front porch in Western Canyon. A group of hunters then congregated at the scene after the attack, which left his dog injured. The cougar was later tracked in the area before it was killed by another hunter, who was not named.

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SIGHTING, AUS: Large, black, panther-like animal seen near Rosebery, Tasmania

Helena Croker and Graham Darby, of NSW, got the shock of their lives last weekend when they saw a very large panther-like animal in Tasmania.

The couple, who were visiting Mrs Croker's daughter, were driving back from Burnie at about 7pm last Saturday.

"We were getting close to Rosebery," Mrs Croker said. "It was cold, there was misty rain and it was wet. There was no-one on the road. We were driving down the hill about a kilometre from the town.

"Suddenly a huge black cat leapt from the bank onto the road. It was enormous - the length was amazing. Between the tail and the head it was almost the full lane width, and about a metre tall.

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SIGHTING, UK: 'Leopard' spotted by local man in West Country field in yet another possible big cat sighting

These pictures appear to show what could be a big cat wandering through a field in the West Country.

The photos were snapped by a man who had pulled over his car to top up his phone in Clyst Honiton, just outside of Exeter.

The man, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was on the phone when he noticed the creature lurking through the field.

Devon Live reports that he 'swore' it was a panther after taking a longer look at the beast, and even called his friend, an specialist in big cat sightings, to tell him what he was seeing.

He said: "I got out of the car expecting someone to walk past because at first I thought it was a dog.

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NEWSLINK: Woman uses Metallica music to save herself from cougar attack

Blasting Metallica songs out loud has many benefits: those ear-splitting riffs are all you need to get your blood pumping, your mind focused and your mood lifted. You're also probably more likely to get done for speeding, but y'know – swings and roundabouts.
Now, an unusual new benefit has been added to the list: blasting Metallica in the face of an unsuspecting animal will officially help save you from rogue wildlife attacks.
When Canadian woman Dee Gallant was out walking her husky just outside of Duncan, British Columbia, she came face-to-face with an unexpected adversary.

"I looked over to the right and there it was," she told local site KelownaNow. "I couldn't make it out at first and thought, 'Oh, that is a strange colour. That's not a tree.'"

That's when Gallant realised that the not-a-tree was, in fact, a cougar. "It was crouched down, doing that kind of prowl, predator walk that they do – that was when I waved my arms and yelled ‘hey, you stop!’ and it did.”

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ARTICLE: Fossils redraw picture of the fearsome saber-tooth tiger

Until about 10,000 years ago, the saber-tooth cat Smilodon fatalis was a fearsome predator in what is now the American West. More than 3,000 fossilized cats have been pulled from the acrid ooze of the La Brea tar pits in California, and researchers studying them have long pictured Smilodon as a lion-like hunter, chasing bison and horses out on open grasslands.

But now, analyses of hundreds of teeth from La Brea are painting a vastly different picture of this prehistoric terror, which could weigh up to 600 pounds and sported seven-inch-long canine teeth.

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

VIDEO: Warden battling to keep orphaned tiger cubs alive in Indian reserve after mother was poached

The heartwarming dedication of park rangers in India is documented as they fight to conserve the wild tiger population, in ITV documentary Counting Tigers - A Survival Special.

The show, which airs on Tuesday evening, shows a warden, Yogendra Singh, who adopted two young abandoned tiger cubs Bhandhav and Bhandavi, whose mother is thought to have been poached for the illegal fur market.
The cubs were just 10 days old when they were found battling the wintry elements and hours away from death, before they were taken to the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in central India.

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NEWSLINK: Big cat killed in road accident in Bandipur National Park

A four year old tigress was found dead after being hit by an unknown vehicle probably in the early hours of Saturday on the edge of Melukammanahalli check-post, close to Jungle Lodge outside Bandipur National Park on Saturday morning and the necropsy indicates the tigress died from multiple injuries around its neck and its shoulders.

The last time, a tiger was killed in a road mishap was in Moolehole range of the Park in 2003 while a leopard was a victim of road kill also in Moolehole a couple of years back.
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NEWSLINK: Saving the Malayan Tiger Will Require Global Support

The Perak State Park Corporation issued a call for global support to mark World Tiger Day 2019 to save the critically endangered Malayan tiger.

Once estimated at 3,000 animals in Peninsular Malaysia, recent studies have shown an alarming drop in tiger populations. Even as the Perak state works with conservation groups to create larger habitats for tigers, the greatest threat to the Malayan tiger is poaching.

WWF Malaysia had previously warned that the "influx of foreign poachers into Malaysia'sforests is alarming." This followed an earlier warning that a "quiet invasion by poaching syndicates from Indochina" is due to the disappearance of the wild tiger in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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NEWSLINK: Bangladesh 'extremely worried' over low male tiger population

A lower-than-expected population of male Bengal tigers in the world's largest mangrove forest has sparked fears about the long-term viability of the endangered species in Bangladesh, officials said Tuesday.

A poaching crackdown by authorities in the Bangladeshi part of the Sundarbans mangroves saw an increase in the big cat population from 106 to 114 four years ago, according to a census published in May.

But closer analysis of the data found the number of male tigers was lower than the typical ratio of one male for every three tigresses, with the figure now at one male for every five females, officials said

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PETITION: Support the Big Cat Public Safety Act to End Big Cat Ownership!

Big cats are wild animals, not pets. Yet in the United States, it’s estimated that there are thousands of big cats being kept as pets or in roadside zoos. Not only are animals in these conditions suffering greatly, but those keeping them captive are putting their entire communities in danger. Only some states have laws that ban private ownership of big cats. That’s why Representative Mike Quigley reintroduced Bill 1380, the Big Cat Public Safety Act.

This bill would amend the “Captive Wildlife Safety Act to prohibit the possession of lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, cougars, or any hybrid of these species by individuals who are not licensed by the US Department of Agriculture.” The bill does not include sanctuaries, universities, and zoos. Although these can also have terrible conditions for wild animals, the bill is still a positive and necessary step.

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NEWSLINK: India’s Tiger Population Booms, But Problems Persist

India this week announced some amazing news: The country’s wild tiger populations have increased by 30 percent in just the past four years. Buoyed by intense conservation efforts, India is now reportedly home to an estimated 2,967 Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris tigris).

To put this in context, India’s tiger population was estimated at 2,226 in 2016, when the wild population of all tiger subspecies was placed at 3,890. That was a big increase over 2010’s estimate, which placed the world population at just 3,200 after several years of rampant poaching for the animals’ skins and body parts, which are all too often used in traditional Asian medicine.

India credited increased monitoring and stricter wildlife policies for the population increase, which puts the country four years head of its goal to double its wild tiger populations.

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

NEWSLINK: Persian leopard spotted in Northern Iran

The Managing Director of Environment Department of Qazvin, Hassan Pasandideh, said the image of the big cat was captured by camera traps in the no-hunting area on Saturday.

Referring to the fairly high population of wildlife species in the region, Pasandideh said the rare species has been observed for several times in the past months, raising hopes for the environmentalists and those caring for the endangered animal.

Tarom habitat is home to diverse species of wild animals, including leopards, wolves, bears, and boars.